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Pryor moves past talk of quitting, plans on playing

Terrelle Pryor, Carson Palmer AP

Earlier this month, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor told SI.com that he thought about quitting football last year.  Pryor has now abandoned talk of abandoning the game.

I’m not going to talk about that,” Pryor said to Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com.  “That’s in the past.”

What’s in the future for Pryor is a desire to play.  But his agenda is confusing.  He concedes the starting job to Carson Palmer, but Pryor insists that he won’t be a backup.

“Carson is the starter and he’s going to be the starter,” Pryor said.  “But I don’t put myself as I’m going to be [a] backup.  I mean, I don’t sit around saying, ‘I want to be a backup, that’s what I want to be.’  That’s not how I operate.  That’s not how I want to be.  I’m going to work to play.  And Carson’s always played well and always will.  Whenever the opportunity comes for me to play, I’ll play.  But I’m not planning to be a back-up.  Get that correct.”

How can McDonald or anyone else get that correct when Pryor can’t?  If Palmer “is the starter and he’s going to be the starter,” then Pryor necessarily will be a backup.

Unless he plans to change positions (personal punt protector, anyone?), a concept he previously has rejected, Pryor will be a backup.

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36 Responses to “Pryor moves past talk of quitting, plans on playing”
  1. spellingcopfather says: May 19, 2012 7:02 PM

    This man is a worker, i see Cam 2.0, if he wants it!!!

  2. t16rich says: May 19, 2012 7:03 PM

    Pryor isn’t a quitter. He has always had his tattoos finished.

  3. The Deep Dig says: May 19, 2012 7:04 PM

    Terrelle Pryor will be cut by the Raiders this year.

  4. draftking says: May 19, 2012 7:09 PM

    After what Oakland gave up to get Palmer, Pryor knows the reality for 2012. But just look at the 2011 Bears to see the value in having a backup QB ready to go. It’s more important than ever…

  5. racerx1225 says: May 19, 2012 7:10 PM

    Would you say the same thing if those words came out of Tebow’s mouth? Probably not. Listen up and take notes: No QB is ever going to be any good or rather no player is going to be any good or ever reach their potential in sports or in life if they have the attitude that they are not good enough to be the best. He’s being respectful to Carson and duh! No $hit Sherlock he aint starting this year. You sound like a rookie journalist or a Raider hater.

  6. therealraiderduck says: May 19, 2012 7:10 PM

    He’s a young guy who wants to play. Nothing wrong with that.

    Amazing that Al and Hue didn’t think Pryor (who came out of OSU green as grass) didn’t need a dedicated QB coach, though.

  7. aldavismustdie1108 says: May 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    he knows hes the backup. all he’s saying is that he won’t be content with it. he wants to start.

  8. chadgoy says: May 19, 2012 7:26 PM

    Read what he says Florio. Pryor is stating that he will be working hard and preparing as a starter would, rather than go about ala Jamarcus Russell. Good to see Pryor have this attitude, future’s lookin good.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: May 19, 2012 7:27 PM

    Boy, slow news day in the NFL.

  10. raiderapologist says: May 19, 2012 7:46 PM

    Pryor is saying he knows he’s not going to start, but he believes in his ability. He just isn’t well spoken. We have learned to understand what you’re trying to say over the years, Florio, and you obviously know what Pryor was trying to say. Get off his nuts.

  11. lbraiders says: May 19, 2012 7:48 PM

    Long live the raider nation…..

  12. jeremyb91 says: May 19, 2012 8:02 PM

    Ask any backup in the league if they know who the starter is on the team and they’ll usually say who the starter is. But at the same time, ask any backup QB if they are content with being the backup and will prepare only to be a backup, and you won’t find many backups because most QB’s in the NFL prepare and want to be the starter even when they know they can’t overtake the starter.

  13. bereado says: May 19, 2012 8:12 PM

    It is fairly easy to use context and see that Pryor is using the word plan in place of the word prepare. He is saying that he is going to prepare as if he is a starter. I think you know that, but you can’t make a non-story into a story unless you use a little artistic license.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: May 19, 2012 8:16 PM

    Terrelle is getting awfully tired of certain members of the media splitting infinitives at him as well.

  15. mattysold says: May 19, 2012 8:25 PM

    Yeah, I thought this was pretty obvious also. He knows he’s not the starter but isn’t content on being a career backup. His goal is to be a starter in the NFL.

  16. tatum064 says: May 19, 2012 8:32 PM

    surly1n1nd1anapol1s says:
    May 19, 2012 7:27 PM
    Boy, slow news day in the NFL.

    ==============

    Just hope that Andrew Luck won’t be a bust, Colt fan.

  17. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 19, 2012 8:34 PM

    Typical Cornholio…taking everything every Raider player ever says out of context.

    All he means he is working hard and doesn’t want to be a backup and isn’t planning to be a backup…what’s wrong with that?

    Every backup QB in the history of the league has said the exact same thing, but at least Pryor is acting like he wants it.

  18. billhicks666 says: May 19, 2012 8:39 PM

    spellingcopfather says:

    “This man is a worker, i see Cam 2.0, if he wants it!!!”

    Don’t be ridiculous! Pryor doesn’t have Newton’s arm, girth or intelligence in reading defenses. You’re either a diehard Raiders fan or Buckeyes fan or both, but you’re obviously blindly loyal and that’s unfortunate.

  19. invaiduh says: May 19, 2012 9:03 PM

    “personal punt protector”

    you used that joke last week regarding pryor.
    it didn’t get any better…

  20. 49erstim says: May 19, 2012 9:05 PM

    Wow Florio….just wow. Since there is no QB competition in Oakland he HAS to cede the starting position to Carson for now. All he is saying is he is not content with that arrangement. I’ve been noticing some slanted reporting from you lately Sir. Take a couple days off brotha.. We need you strong starting with Training Camp.

  21. chazatlas says: May 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    Pryor knows what we all should concede to. Palmer is prone to injury and won’t make it pass wk 7.

  22. botchedextrapoint says: May 19, 2012 9:35 PM

    Seemed fairly clear to me. He knows he is the backup, but doesn’t want to act as if that’s all he is good for. In the NFL the difference between a backup and a starter is one play.

  23. vincentbojackson says: May 19, 2012 9:39 PM

    In other Raider news, the team just surrendered another four upcoming draft picks just because they felt like it.

  24. nomoreseasontix says: May 19, 2012 9:57 PM

    This kid is starting to talk too much.
    Make some plays on the field before you decide you have something to say…

  25. phillybirds says: May 19, 2012 10:02 PM

    He’s not saying he’ll start over Carson during week 1. He’s saying his attitude wont be “Ill be a back up” it is “I will be a starter.”

    When you go to college you’re not a doctor as a student, but you have the right to say “I will be a doctor” if youre in a good program and passing your classes.

    Use your damn brain.

  26. damnskins703 says: May 19, 2012 10:10 PM

    Just work hard and be ready to play, being a backup qb is still one of the most wanted positions

  27. thefiesty1 says: May 19, 2012 10:15 PM

    Pryor needs to quit he’ll never NE a starter. Useless!

  28. pdxbolt says: May 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    There’s always the USFL chump.

  29. abninf says: May 19, 2012 10:32 PM

    How can McDonald or anyone else get that correct when Pryor can’t? If Palmer “is the starter and he’s going to be the starter,” then Pryor necessarily will be a backup.
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    Well no kidding. It doesn’t take a genius to understand what the kid was trying to say. You media types can be some jerks.

  30. kokomike says: May 19, 2012 10:53 PM

    With all these mediocre starting QBs in the NFL, more backups should fight to start.

  31. commitment2excrement says: May 19, 2012 11:05 PM

    Raiders QB’s

    2 quitters and 1 hot tub.

  32. raideralex99 says: May 19, 2012 11:30 PM

    One play that’s all Pryor played last year and he screwed it up … yup sounds like a starter to me.

  33. billsfan1 says: May 19, 2012 11:46 PM

    When you go to college you’re not a doctor as a student, but you have the right to say “I will be a doctor” if youre in a good program and passing your classes.

    willing to bet Pryor has never uttered those words…..

    just be thankful he isnt on the Jets.. he would be talking about them winning their 3rd SUper Bowl in as many season…

  34. ernie ernie says: May 20, 2012 2:01 AM

    This guy if anything else, knows how to create a stage set. He did it in high school screwing around with ‘what college am I going to’ crap when in effect, he knew all along it was OSU, but he played it well for effect.

    He clearly knows he is the backup but is taking advantage of the new staff by suggesting, hey I can be the next Cam, I’m sitting here use me.

    My opinion is he can either throw the ball or he can’t. If he can’t then maybe he should work on that instead of his mouth.

  35. mungman69 says: May 20, 2012 6:42 AM

    Pryor: lot of talent but no work ethic

  36. joetoronto says: May 20, 2012 7:02 AM

    thefiesty1 says: May 19, 2012 10:15 PM

    Pryor needs to quit he’ll never NE a starter. Useless!
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    Oh, the irony.

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